Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | News

Ipas President and CEO Liz Maguire announces plan to step down in summer 2015

Search begins for new Ipas CEO

Ipas
President and CEO, Liz Maguire, has announced her decision to step down
in the summer of 2015, opening the way for the search to begin for a
new President and CEO to be in place by that time.

According to Ms. Maguire, “My decision
is part of a plan for a phased transition in Ipas Executive Team
leadership to the next generation of leaders that has been under
discussion with the Board for over a year. I am pleased that I will be
able to leave Ipas in very strong shape, with a track record of
outstanding technical leadership, innovation and results as well as a
broad and stable donor base.”

Ms. Maguire joined Ipas in September
1999 to work, in her words, “on the most challenging, stigmatized and
neglected area of women’s reproductive health – safe abortion
care.” Ipas’s mission is to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity from
unsafe abortion and to enable women to exercise their sexual and
reproductive rights.

In a statement by Marie Bass, the Chair
of the Ipas Board of Directors, “We have a tall order to replace the
dedicated and visionary leadership Liz Maguire has provided to Ipas
during the past 15 years. The search for another dynamic CEO to carry
out Ipas’s critical mission will begin immediately in order to allow
sufficient time to conduct a thoughtful and thorough process.”

Under Ms. Maguire’s leadership over the
past 15 years, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, Ipas’s
reach and impact have grown dramatically. Ipas’s presence in Africa and
Asia has expanded significantly and has been sustained in key parts of
Latin America. The organization has continued to serve as an innovator
and catalyst for change in increasing access to safe abortion
technologies, provider training and service delivery improvement,
clinical guidance, communications, policy and advocacy, research,
monitoring and evaluation. Ipas has also expanded into new areas of
focus, including medical abortion, community access, youth, mHealth, and
overcoming stigma. Most importantly, Ipas has supported the
liberalization of restrictive laws and policies in Africa, Asia and
Latin America, and has served millions of women with safe abortion care
and contraception, in an effort to save and enhance their lives.

Ms. Maguire’s service to Ipas caps a
distinguished 43-year career in international reproductive health, which
included 22 years with the US Agency for International Development
where she led the Office of Population and Reproductive Health during
the 1990s. Previously, Ms. Maguire also served as Director of Media
Programs at the Population Reference Bureau and as a
broadcaster/translator for Francophone Africa at Voice of America. Ms.
Maguire is a recipient of the Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Population Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as eight USAID special honor awards for policy and programmatic innovations.

“Following my retirement from Ipas, I
look forward to continuing to contribute to the advancement of women’s
reproductive health and rights globally and to maintaining the special
friendships and professional relations that I have developed throughout
my career. I have great confidence in the capacity and determination of
Ipas staff and partners to continue creating an enabling environment for
women everywhere to make their own reproductive decisions and to
receive the information and care they need and deserve.”

Interested potential candidates for the position of Ipas President and CEO, or those who have names to suggest, should contact. Nalini Perkins, Managing Partner, Lochlin Partners nalini.perkins@lochlinpartners.com; 703-584-3218 www.lochlinpartners.com;

***For more information, contact media@ipas.org

Ipas
President and CEO, Liz Maguire, has announced her decision to step down
in the summer of 2015, opening the way for the search to begin for a
new President and CEO to be in place by that time.

According to Ms. Maguire, “My decision
is part of a plan for a phased transition in Ipas Executive Team
leadership to the next generation of leaders that has been under
discussion with the Board for over a year. I am pleased that I will be
able to leave Ipas in very strong shape, with a track record of
outstanding technical leadership, innovation and results as well as a
broad and stable donor base.”

Ms. Maguire joined Ipas in September
1999 to work, in her words, “on the most challenging, stigmatized and
neglected area of women’s reproductive health – safe abortion
care.” Ipas’s mission is to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity from
unsafe abortion and to enable women to exercise their sexual and
reproductive rights.

In a statement by Marie Bass, the Chair
of the Ipas Board of Directors, “We have a tall order to replace the
dedicated and visionary leadership Liz Maguire has provided to Ipas
during the past 15 years. The search for another dynamic CEO to carry
out Ipas’s critical mission will begin immediately in order to allow
sufficient time to conduct a thoughtful and thorough process.”

Under Ms. Maguire’s leadership over the
past 15 years, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, Ipas’s
reach and impact have grown dramatically. Ipas’s presence in Africa and
Asia has expanded significantly and has been sustained in key parts of
Latin America. The organization has continued to serve as an innovator
and catalyst for change in increasing access to safe abortion
technologies, provider training and service delivery improvement,
clinical guidance, communications, policy and advocacy, research,
monitoring and evaluation. Ipas has also expanded into new areas of
focus, including medical abortion, community access, youth, mHealth, and
overcoming stigma. Most importantly, Ipas has supported the
liberalization of restrictive laws and policies in Africa, Asia and
Latin America, and has served millions of women with safe abortion care
and contraception, in an effort to save and enhance their lives.

Ms. Maguire’s service to Ipas caps a
distinguished 43-year career in international reproductive health, which
included 22 years with the US Agency for International Development
where she led the Office of Population and Reproductive Health during
the 1990s. Previously, Ms. Maguire also served as Director of Media
Programs at the Population Reference Bureau and as a
broadcaster/translator for Francophone Africa at Voice of America. Ms.
Maguire is a recipient of the Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Population Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as eight USAID special honor awards for policy and programmatic innovations.

“Following my retirement from Ipas, I
look forward to continuing to contribute to the advancement of women’s
reproductive health and rights globally and to maintaining the special
friendships and professional relations that I have developed throughout
my career. I have great confidence in the capacity and determination of
Ipas staff and partners to continue creating an enabling environment for
women everywhere to make their own reproductive decisions and to
receive the information and care they need and deserve.”

Interested potential candidates for the position of Ipas President and CEO, or those who have names to suggest, should contact. Nalini Perkins, Managing Partner, Lochlin Partners nalini.perkins@lochlinpartners.com; 703-584-3218 www.lochlinpartners.com;

***For more information, contact media@ipas.org